Bumblebee Inspired Halloween Costumes

We just got back from Indiana.  We went up there to visit Devin’s family and we timed it so we could celebrate Dieter’s first birthday and Halloween all at the same time.  Devin and I knew this year that we wanted to dress up the whole family and we wanted it to be one cohesive idea.  After a little brainstorming we came up with this.

There we are!  The entire DeWitt family dressed up with a bumblebee theme.  It was really fun to make all these costumes and I’ll give you the rundown.

Devin was the beekeeper, naturally, and his costume was the easiest.  His white suit is one of those painter coveralls from Home Depot that I just bought.  His hat is one he uses when he’s working out on the golf course.  If you’re looking for one, it’s called a “pith hat” and you can Google it and probably find one at Party City.  Since he needs his hat on the course, I couldn’t glue or sew anything to it so I just bought a half yard of some white tulle and pinned it to the underside of his hat.  Then, I bought some of those little bees in the flower section of Hobby Lobby that have the wire attached to them and I just pulled them off the wire and hot glued them to his hat and suit.

I was the queen bee.  I made myself a tutu out of black and yellow tulle, some elastic and some black satin ribbon.  I also made myself some wings out of 4 wire hangers, 2 pairs of white tights, and some more elastic.  I wore black leggings, black boots, and a black sweater.  Simple.

Rylea was the princess bee.  (Seriously, you can make anything into a princess version to get your little girl to love it).  I made her a tutu also and added sparkly tulle to hers.  Her wings were made the same way as mine and I added some puffy paint to hers to make them more fancy.  Her shirt is a black long sleeve tee from WalMart.  I ruffled some yellow fabric scraps and sewed them to her shirt.  She wore black leggings under her skirt too and some little ballet type shoes.

Dieter’s costume was originally going to be a honey pot but I scrapped that idea when I got a couple more Sugarplum orders and I went the store bought route and got him this adorable bear costume online from WalMart with free shipping.  He actually kept the whole thing on the entire time.  Score.

We had a great time going to a local trunk or treat, and Rylea told everyone that she was a princess bee.  Devin and I are already talking about next year’s costumes and what we’re going to do.  Hopefully I can get started on those a little earlier so I’m not scrambling to get everything done in the end!!


After a few tries at a shark pattern, I finally managed to draft one that worked!Seriously, this one took me a long time to figure out.  I’m not sure why sewing a stuffed animal shark was such a challenge, but it was and after much enlarging and shrinking and drawing and redrawing I think he was definitely well worth the effort it took to create him.

He’s made out of gray, white, and black felt and I embroidered the gills on his sides with embroidery floss.  I stuffed him with poly fil and he’ll be on his way today to his new home.

He’s actually a gift for a pregnant mommy-to-be that loves Jaws, the movie.  How great is that?!

And here’s another picture because it’s super cute, and because it shows how big he is in relation to a two year old. 🙂



June has been a very challenging month around here to say the least.

Teething has been awful for Dieter and has caused all sorts of symptoms like fever, throwing up, no sleep, no eating, stomach problems, you name it he’s got it.  I even took him to the doctor once because I thought surely something else must be going on here but they couldn’t find anything else wrong with him.  He’s just been super sensitive to his teeth and he’s miserable.  He’s got 2 now on the bottom and he’s working on 2 more.

I started potty training Rylea which was a complete failure up until recently and we often started our days with her screaming, “I NEED A DIAPER MOMMY!!!!!!!”  No amount of Minnie or Dora big girl panties was going to convince this girl that she could be a big girl.  I was determined though to not regress so we pushed through it.  If she can tell me when she’s doing a #2 and tell me she needs a new diaper then it’s time to go on the potty as far as I’m concerned.  Plus, 2 babies in diapers is exhausting mentally and financially and I’m over it.

Dieter also discovered this new trick called crawling.  He’s not the typical crawler though, he’s an army crawler.  Using one of his feet to get some leverage, he pulls the rest of his body using his arms and just kinda drags himself everywhere.  Surprisingly he’s really quick and getting into everything he can get his hands on.  I also think being direct pressure on his belly constantly has added to the throwing up and it’s often heard around here, “Mommy, Dieter pook again,” and sure enough I round the corner to see him sliding around in it all over the floor.  Yuck.

All of this is normal kid stuff, but I don’t think it would be as taxing and exhausting if we had friends or family around to lend a hand when things get tough or when I need to go to the doctor or the store or something.  I have not had one single break from the kids since we moved here 1 year ago.  There’s just no one around to offer that break to us, and I refuse to offer my children up to any strangers.  It is so the desire of my heart that the Lord would orchestrate a job for Devin closer to family!

On top of all the stuff with the kiddos, some terrible stuff has happened at the golf course and Devin’s job security is now questionable to say the least and we’re just kinda living day by day not knowing what’s going to happen next.  Through all of this though, I hold tight to the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 for our family and know that He is in control and He is the One that we will answer to in the end.  I’m so thankful I’m not at the wheel of my life because I’m sure I’ve drive it into a ditch constantly!!!

Here’s hoping for a better July!

Rylea Goes Potty

Rylea finally decided to pee in the potty yesterday.  Holy cow, she won’t be in diapers until she goes to high school?  Great!

We’ve been without a diaper for 4 days now expect at bed and naptime.  Rylea knows she’ll get a diaper at nap so she would hold it the.entire.day. and she’d go in her diaper as soon as she went to bed.  I was even giving her liquids all the time, and hoping for an accident even so we could quickly make it to the potty and have the “don’t pee on the floor” discussion.  It was driving me crazy.  So, yesterday I had the revelation to not do a nap with her at all.

Finally, around 4pm she said she had to potty (which she was saying all the time and sitting and not going) so I said ok and told her to sit on the potty thinking that nothing would come of it.  Well she peed right away and just looked at me with a big smile on her face.  Mommy started acting like a fool, singing and dancing and jumping up and down.   I was so happy I was literally trying not to cry.  We cleaned up and I picked her up and swung her around in a circle.  Man that was awesome.

Now, she did have a #2 accident on the floor yesterday which is the most disgusting thing ever.  Ugh, so gross.  She started screaming “MOMMY I NEED A DIAPER!” and before the word diaper was out of her mouth, there it went.  Right on the floor.  That was especially awesome because I also have a crawling 7 month that is very curious.  You can imagine….

So, anyway, I just wanted to document Ry’s very first successful use of the potty here so I could remember it later.  Here’s hoping for more!

Rylea’s 2nd Birthday

On May 30 my little Rylea turned 2 years old.  My little sister and little brother, Melissa and Jonathan, came to visit us in Louisiana all the way from New York, and they got to celebrate with us too!  We sent Rylea to bed on Sunday night and got to decorating the house and wrapping presents so we could surprise her in the morning.

I created the cake bunting in Microsoft Publisher and Mel cut it out and glued it to some ribbon.  Then I tied it to some chopsticks and stuck it in the cake.  Easy and cute.

We blew up about a million balloons and then Mel and I sewed them together into a banner that we hung over her new bike from Grandpa.

We had lots of cake, m&ms, donuts, and just sugar in general.  Rylea was definitely princess for the day and fun was had by all.  We are just so thankful for our little Princess Rylea and we love her so much.  She has brought so much joy to our lives these past two years and I love watching her grow!













A little while back I saw this tutorial on Moda Bake Shop.  I thought that little Octopus was adorable and simple enough to make for little Rylea.  So, that’s what I did.  Here’s my version of Oopsie the Octopus.

I thought it came out great until I gave it to Rylea and she said, “Oh yuck!  Spidey!”  She then proceeded to stomp on it as if it were a spider.  Great.

I guess it looks like a ‘spidey’ from this view.

I guess this sweet little octopus will just be another addition to the toy box until she’s discovered later and played with.  If you’re looking for something cute and easy then I recommend this pattern.  I hope yours is loved more than mine was!

Puff Quilt

Ever since I saw these quilts over on Honeybear Lane, I fell in love.  Don’t they just look so cuddly and warm?  All those little puffy squares are just gorgeous and making me wish I could fit into one of those cribs and take a long nap!

Image via Honeybear Lane

Heidi, the designer and blog owner, orginally had a free tutorial on her blog that you could follow and make your own quilt, and I read through the entire thing and planned on making one for Rylea for her new big girl bed.  Eventually, Heidi took that tutorial and revamped it and now you can get it here.  I consider myself a pretty experienced sewer and I can usually recreate something if I see a picture of it or if someone brings an idea to me and asks me to make something custom for them.  So, once the tutorial was taken down, I decided to continue with my original plan and I started making my quilt per the tutorial in my head.  I just planned on winging it along the way if I had to.  Well, wouldn’t you know, Heidi hosted a pretty AMAZING giveaway a couple of weeks ago where the first 100 commenters on her facebook page were emailed a free copy of her new tutorial.  I was one of those commentors!  (May I just also say that I enter giveaways on an almost daily basis and this is the only one I’ve ever won.)

Using the new 57 page PDF tutorial as my guide, I whipped up this little number for Rylea.

Pink and Black Puff Quilt

I changed some things up like the size, and the method of piecing and attaching the binding among other things, but Heidi’s instructions were amazing to reference along the way.

I used a fat quarter bundle along with one print from my own stash to make 9×9 square quilt top.

I used some black yardage for the border and then an awesome pink and black zebra print for the back and the binding.  (By the way, make your own binding, it’s so much easier than the store bought kind.)  Here’s a great tutorial if you don’t know how.

Rylea’s reaction to the finished quilt yesterday was “OOOHHHH mommy, I wike it so much!”  which she said on a couple of occasions and she even slept with it in her crib last night (among the 100 stuffed animals and other required sleeping items).  Which just brings me so much joy.  I put a fair amount of time into this quilt so I’m very happy it has been well received.

I highly recommend the puff quilt tutorial if you’re interested.  It’s colorful and really well written and really easy to follow.  There’s also all sorts of tips in there for a beginning sewer that makes this an achievable project.

If you’re interested in more stuff I’ve made click the “You Made That?” tab on the top of the page or check out my Etsy store here.

Training Up My Children

I just checked out my Google Reader and noticed that I have 211 subscriptions at the moment.  It gets bigger just about everyday.  I love to read a good blog if I’ve got some spare time, and it’s where I get inspired for many of my crafty ideas also.  I’ve got them all organized into different categories some of them are: Crafty, Quilts, Coupons, Homeschooling, and People I Know.  If you’re ever looking for an idea, I’ve got a blog for that.  Seriously.  But, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you in the Homeschooling department.  I’m sure you seasoned moms have many more resources that you use online so please share them with me in the comments!!!

  • 1+1+1=1: The woman that runs this blog is a pretty awesome homeschooler.  The title comes from Ecclesiastes 4:12 (also from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being 1 God).  It’s an amazing resource for printables, ideas, you name it.  Make sure you check out “Tot School” and her philosophies on teaching her children.  I’ve gotten lost in her blog for hours before.
  • Totally Tots:  Ran by the same woman as above, the mission of this blog is to help Christian mama’s train up their kiddos in the way they should go.  There are really awesome resources and printables that you can use to teach your kids ABCs and Bible stories all at the same time.  FANTASTIC if you ask me.
  • Bible Story Printables: Ever heard of Seeds Family Worship?  Well if you haven’t, check them out.  They have these awesome CDs (find them here or on Amazon here) that take Bible verses and change them into catchy songs to help your little ones memorize scripture.  (It’s never to early to start hiding those bits of truth in their little hearts.)  This website has printable worksheets, coloring pages, books, flashcards, etc. that go along with each of the Seeds songs so you can reinforce those verses even more.  Pretty awesome.

Now, I realize that Rylea isn’t even 2 yet, but it’s never to early to start working on things with her, and I’m home all day, so why not?  I’ve made her laminated flashcards that she really just kinda throws around and plays with right now but I can sneak in a “What’s that Rylea?” or “What color is that apple?” and we can work on learning basic things as we play together.  Being home is such a blessing, and I’m going to chose not to “eat the bread of idleness”, at least not when it comes to teaching my kids and raising them to be God honoring people!